Category Archives: Progressive Sermons

Lectionary Sermon for Easter 3 Year A (April 30, 2017) on Luke 24; 13 -35

The Emmaus Road: A Parable about Jesus? I have never counted them myself, but I seem to remember reading somewhere that on no fewer than 17 occasions Jesus has cause to reprimand one or more of his disciples for being … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for 23 April 2017 ( Year A Easter 2) on John 20: 19-31

The expression “Doubting Thomas” is traditionally used to heap scorn on those who question some aspect of faith. Yet I want to suggest this does a disservice to Thomas and even a disservice to those who want to question what is important about … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Good Friday Year A (14 April 2017) on selected passages from John Chs18 -19

Thoughts on Shifting the Wall There was unintentional irony in the place chosen for Jesus’ crucifixion. Jesus had spent much of his mission identifying and breaking down the walls between people, and there he was, being crucified at Golgotha just … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday Sermon for 2017 (Year A)

It seems to me we it would be good to find our own personal answers to two questions about Easter. The first one is that perennial question – do we believe that Jesus was resurrected so that in some sense … Continue reading

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Lectionary sermon for Palm Sunday (Year A) April 9, 2017 on Matthew 21:1-11

When you stop to think about it, Palm Sunday is a rather strange Christian festival. Getting into the spirit of Palm Sunday has always seemed to me to be rather artificial and even forced, because welcoming anyone – let alone … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for April 2 2017 (Lent 5 A) on John 11:1-45

If I had my time again as a teacher I like to think I would encourage all serious science and history students to read Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road not taken” That poem concerns a traveller walking through the wood, … Continue reading

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Lectionary Sermon for Lent 4, Year A, 26 March 2017 on John 9:1-41

Here we have a miracle story which worries many educated Church goers with good reason in that, at least as far as the modern mind is concerned, in the real world, nature is just not like that. Blind people may … Continue reading

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